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SAMPE Conference & Exhibition
Student Bridge Contest 

Innovate. Collaborate. Be recognized.

The student bridge contest allows students to design, build, and test a miniature structural bridge using various composite materials in accordance with a set of well defined rules. This is an international competition involving schools from around the globe. Students compete for monetary prizes and for the coveted SAMPE Student Bridge Champion trophy.

The 2024 Bridge Contest will be held May 22, 2024 at the SAMPE 2024 Conference & Exhibition in Long Beach, CA. 

The rules for this competition will be available in October.

Objective

Design and build a composites bridge using an assortment of pultrusions, cores, fabrics and other materials supplied in kit form.

Benefits of Participation

  • Put your composites training into action

  • Represent your college or university 

  • Add your participation and potential win on your resume 

Requirements

  • This contest is open to students only

  • At least one team member must be a SAMPE member

  • Only one bridge entry is permitted per registration

  • Follow all SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Rules 

  • Students must print and bring their own posters 

  • All proposals to be sent to studentbridge@sampe.org

Sponsor or Donate

Give back to the student engineering community with a material or monetary donations. Donor participation is essential to the success of this event. A complete list of acceptable materials and sponsorship levels are detailed in the sponsor letter. 

If your company would like to sponsor or donate, please contact Katia Tyra at katia@sampe.org.

SAMPE 2023 Overall Bridge Contest Winners

  • First Place - University of Washington

  • Second Place - University of Southern California

  • Third Place - UABC

2023 Winners for Categories A-H

Category
1ST PLACE
2ND PLACE
3RD PLACE
A
University of Washington
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Delaware
B
University of Tokyo
Montana Tech
University of Maryland
C
University of Washington
NA
NA
D
University of Washington
University of Southern Maine
UCLA
E
University of Maryland
University of Washington
NA
F
University of Washington
UCLA
Universidad de Autonoma Baja California (UABC)
G
University of Delaware
Old Dominion University
Edmonds College
H
University of Southern California
University of Southern California
University of Delaware

SAMPE 2023 Bridge Poster Winners

  • First Place - University of Tokyo for Category B

  • Second Place - University of Southern California for Category G

  • Third Place Tie - University of Washington for Category F

Thank you to our SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Sponsors!

Contest Sponsors

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